Bristol Saint Vintage: A Collaboration: Agyness Deyn and Dr Martins

Monday, 10 September 2012

A Collaboration: Agyness Deyn and Dr Martins

Agyness Deyn has recently teamed up with the Doc Martins brand to produce an exclusive line of shoes, boots, bags and clothing. I'm loving the floral dresses teamed with the boots which make it not too girly!

Aggy Cherry Red Creeper Shoe

The Griggs family had been producing shoes in their Northampton factory for over 50 years before they even began to produce Dr Martin boots as we know them today. They were a respected and established shoe making company but underneath it all they were different. In the late 1950's Bill Griggs happened upon an advert in the Shoe and Leather News magazine by a German duo named 'Dr Maertens' and 'Dr Funck' looking for an innovative overseas company to take their new 'Air Cushioned Sole' and turn it into a shoe.

Aggy Strap Boot

Bill Griggs and the duo teamed up and on 1st April 1960, the Dr Martin was born.
Over the next 40 years the 'Dr Martin' boot (initially intended as a work man's boot and worn in the factories) was to be adopted as a 'uniform' by many different British sub cultures and established as a beacon of difference and rebellion against society. Pete Townsend immortalised this rebellion was in amongst the flower power-ness of the 1960's, donning a pair of Dr Martins on stage with his band The Who.

Dr Martin's Heart Satchel

'Consequently, the subcultures who have championed Dr. Martens reads like a Who's Who' of youth culture: skins, punks, two tone, Oi!, hardcore, psychobilly, goth, industrial, grebo, grunge, Britpop, emo … the list goes on.' (

The one thing that all of these sub cultures have in common, is that they all want to be different, to stand out and they all look to Dr Martin's to achieve this. Maybe they will be worn in different ways (whether laced up or undone with the high top folded) to give the shoe new meaning but they will always have a sense of rebellion.

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